Obama's New Year's Day: Workout, visits to Punchbowl, East-West Center

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Obama visited the East-West Center to view an exhibit about his late mother Sunday. The first day of the New Year also included visits to Punchbowl and the beach for the first family, and a morning workout for the president. Sunday is the first family's last full day in Hawaii before returning to Washington.

The first family arrived at the East-West Center at 11 a.m., according to the press pool report. The center is hosting the exhibit entitled "Through Her Eyes: Ann Dunham's Field Work in Indonesia." They departed about 45 minutes later for the Kailua compound where they have been staying during their vacation. They left the rented home again at 1:41 p.m. for a beach outing at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe.

The president, wearing khakis and a navy polo shirt, offered a "Happy New Year, everybody" to the pool outside the East-West Center. Younger daughter Sasha followed, wearing bright pink shorts and slippers, while Malia walked alongside the president. First lady Michelle Obama was also with the president.

The president left Kailua at about 10:16 a.m. His motorcade traveled townbound on Pali Highway to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, where the president's maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, is buried. The first family spent about eleven minutes at the cemetery before heading to the East-West Center at 10:50 a.m.

The press pool report says President Obama started the day with a workout shortly before 8 a.m. at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

President Obama and the first family are scheduled to depart Oahu Monday evening aboard Air Force One. Hawaii News Now will have live coverage of their departure from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam beginning at 5 p.m. Monday.

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